Folks, there’s going to be a lot of stuff happening over the next month. The first week of September has been fairly quiet. This is the last quiet week remaining until, well, probably sometime in May or June.
Buckle up, here’s a rundown on the first busy month in a long line of them.
Sept. 14 (Wednesday): This will be a busy day for Flames news. The team’s prospects (and players on try-outs) will report to camp for fitness testing in advance of the Penticton Young Stars Classic tournament. (There’s a good chance we see a roster announcement a day or so earlier, though.) Meanwhile, the Event Centre Committee meets at City Hall for the first time since July 4. We’ll see if that meeting results in any tangible public-facing news, especially coming just two months before budget deliberation for the 2023-26 budget cycle begins.
Sept. 16 (Friday): At 8:30 p.m. MT, the Flames open the Young Stars tournament against Vancouver. (This game will be broadcast live on the Flames’ website.)
Sept. 17 (Saturday): At 8:30 p.m. MT, the Flames continue the Young Stars tournament against Edmonton. (This game will be broadcast live on the Flames’ website.)
Sept. 19 (Monday): At noon MT, the Flames conclude their Young Stars tournament against Winnipeg. (This game will be broadcast live on the Flames’ website.)
Sept. 21 (Wednesday): Non-prospect players (and try-outs) will report for fitness testing for Flames main camp. As with prospect camp, we could get roster announcements a day or so earlier than this.
Sept. 25 (Sunday): After three days of on-ice work, it’s time for exhibition games! Two, in fact! One crew of players head to Vancouver to face the Canucks at 5 p.m. MT while another stay in town to host the Canucks at 6 p.m. MT. The Vancouver-hosted game is listed as a Sportsnet TV broadcast. (At this point, it’s the only pre-season game on the TV schedule. No word on broadcasts for the other pre-season games yet.)
Sept. 27 (Tuesday): The Flames head to Seattle to play the Kraken in a pre-season game at 8 p.m. MT.
Sept. 28 (Wednesday): The Flames host Edmonton in a pre-season game at 7 p.m. MT.
Sept. 29 (Thursday): The regular season waiver period begins, so any player who requires waivers needs to clear them before being assigned to the minors after this date.
Sept. 30 (Friday): The Flames head to Edmonton to play the Oilers in a pre-season game at 7 p.m. MT.